Donations Collected by Metro Fire Firefighter’s Family to Depart for Sonoma

Orangevale, CA – In reaction to the devastating wildfires throughout Northern California, a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire or District) Firefighter and his family began collecting household and personal items to donate to the victims of the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County where he and his family lived before relocating to the Sacramento area. Within 24 hours of an email to his fellow coworkers at Metro Fire offering to take anyone else’s donations, an overwhelming response resulted with several stations throughout the District having collected truckloads of items to be donated. Not to be outdone, this Firefighter’s wife also simultaneously coordinated with their place of worship and children’s schools where equally as impressive results were quickly achieved.

This selfless act by the Firefighter shows his dedication to one of Metro Fire’s Core Values of “Service Before Self” and the contributions throughout the organization show our Core Value of “Teamwork.” We are humbled by the selflessness and teamwork by the community to assist his efforts to provide any amount of relief to victims of the Tubbs Fire.

The Sacramento Area Fire Fighters’ Local 522 is also making this endeavor possible. Local 522 has offered to cover the cost of a U-Haul rental truck for this Firefighter, who is making the trip on his only day off in a nine day period, to drive the donations to Sonoma County.

An essential mission of Metro Fire is to provide emergency response to the community we serve. Those of us who were unable to respond on the strike teams, task forces, and overhead positions still have a desire to help, and this is our outlet. We want to stress this story is about the community throughout the Sacramento Region. We are grateful to those we serve and feel the region has provided us another opportunity to help those in need that we are obligated to fulfill.

Metro Fire is proud to extend an invitation to our media partners, on behalf of those in our community who have donated items, to meet our representatives at Fire Station 29, located at 8681 Greenback Lane in Orangevale at 9 am on Friday, October 12 as the U-Haul picks up its first load from the first of several Metro Fire stations and facilities.

For further information please contact Captain/PIO Chris Vestal at (916) 859-4589.

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